It may be early season but there is fun powder skiing to be had at Silverton Mountain.  The snow is 30"- 40" deep with good coverage on the northern exposures of the mountain. There is no better time to get the legs in skiing shape and enjoy winter fun than right now.

Although the temperatures have been warm in Durango, the base elevation of Silverton Mountain is located at 10,400' and the temps have stayed cool keeping the powder fresh.  It's still early in the season so don't bring your brand new skis.

Skiers and boarders can also earn free skiing by stomping down the snow (bootpacking) in the avalanche starting zones Dec 3,4, and 10,11. One FREE unguided ski day will be given for each day of bootpacking. Those who like to pack it hard and deep all 4 days can earn up to 4 days of FREE skiing. No experience required, but everyone must have a beacon, shovel & probe. Limited rentals are available at the mountain. Free ski tickets must be used during 2011/12 season only and are not valid as any type of credit towards guided skiing. Packers should show up at the base area at 8:15am with pants duct taped to boots (no joke) ready to stomp. No bootpacking reservations are needed.

Bootpacking is a great way to learn the mountain while getting plenty of fresh air.

It is always good to brush up on your avalanche skills before heading into the mountains. The Avalanche Level 2 class is being offered at Silverton Mountain Dec.8-11 for $379.  The Level 1 Avalanche class is offered Dec. 16-18, 2011 for $299.